Techwatch: Sep. 29, 1997

LOCK AND LOAD: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT CD-ROM ACTION HERO

It's the old Fruit Loops vs. Wheaties dilemma. When a crush of games hits shelves this fall, kids will grab the gory action ones while their parents reach for something a bit tamer--an encyclopedia or a math primer, perhaps? Any chance of common ground? Our taste test: Quake, last Christmas' bloody hit, vs. Young Dilbert, an edu-title due this fall. You make the call.

DILBERT QUAKE

Setting Filthy adolescent Filthy 21st century bedroom wasteland

Deadliest weapon Laptop computer Nail-spitting machine gun

Armor Nylon backpack Kevlar vest

Scenes where character uses...

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